Letting it all hang out above Lake Geneva 08/06/2015 created by Red Bull Illume © David Carlier As part of his adventure film and photography project “13 Faces of Valais”, Red Bull Illume photographer David Carlier recently found himself sitting in a helicopter, shooting two hang gliders high above Lake Geneva, Switzerland. We caught up with David after his latest excursion:Tell us about it…“13 Faces of Valais” is all about outdoor sports in the Swiss region of Valais. As I was directing the movie, I also took still photos on every set. In this case, the hang glider is well-known skier Jeremie Heitz who finished 2nd in the last Freeride World Tour. The images were shot at sunset above Lake Geneva. How did you manage to get the shots?We filmed the action from a helicopter using a Cineflex. I shot from up-close, while sitting next to the Cineflex operator with the doors open.How did you prepare?I’m a keen paraglider and know the area very well. So I proposed the location to Jeremie and his friend Pierre – and off we went. We travelled there twice to prepare for the flight and to find the perfect shooting angles. What challenges did you face?Trying to understand the flow of the action and large amplitude maneuvers. Jeremie flies at over 100km/h, so it doesn’t last very long and there’s little chance to repeat the flight. We also wanted to catch that amazing orange golden light just before sunset, so timing was essential. Then you have to factor in the wind, the challenges associated with two hang gliders taking off simultaneously and shooting from a helicopter.What gear did you use? The Leica S system with a 35mm and a 120mm. It’s the only camera capable of catching that amount of light while still getting the low light information. The dynamic range of this camera is huge!What’s next? Lots! A downhill MTB shoot, a portrait series for US Powder Magazine, some sailing shoots in the Mediterranean… and probably some time off! I also have the “13 Faces of Valais” premiere coming up, which includes the hang gliding footage. Check out the “13 Faces of Valais” trailer or visit David’s site for more of his work.